Ars Electronica Garden Silicon Valley

The Grid: Exposure – Art + Tech + Policy Days

The Grid (US/EU), Gray Area (US), CODAME(US), ZERO1 (US), MUTEK.SF (US), EUNIC Silicon Valley (US), EUNIC Washington DC (US), EUNIC New York (US), Ars Electronica AIxMusic Festival (AT), STARTS, European Commission (EU), Center for Humane Technology (US), Salesforce (US)

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The Grid: Exposure – Art + Tech + Policy Days mobilizes artists, technologists, and policymakers to reimagine interdisciplinary and international collaboration to overcome deadlock and siloed thinking. Through art, talks, workshops and panels embodying this year’s festival theme, Blurring Borders, Exposure leverages the power of art to shape technological development for the benefit of all.

The Grid: Exposure – Art + Tech + Policy Days

Born out of a global crisis, The Grid: Exposure – Art + Tech + Policy Days explores innovative ways to reconnect the world in our current state of isolation. Exposure is The Grid’s new annual festival format, an art + tech expo in San Francisco. It showcases the vast creative potential of Silicon Valley by exposing the global community to its ideas. Technologies are not mere artifacts, but dynamic systems entwined with culture and policy. Mobilizing artists, technologists, and policymakers from around the world, Exposure reimagines interdisciplinary and international collaboration to overcome deadlock and siloed thinking. It extends the conversation to leading global policymakers tasked with regulating technology. Through art, panels, talks and workshops, it works towards shaping technological development for the benefit of all. This year’s Exposure deploys the visual phenomenon of Blurring Borders as an artistic strategy. It creates a platform for technology to make itself vulnerable to artistic practices rooted in humanism that expose the essence of our digital reality.

Recent advances in AI have put within reach a world where art can be created and performed entirely by algorithms. In a series of panels, workshops, and live performances, The Grid: Exposure – Art + Tech + Policy Days will explore the blurry line separating the artist from the machine by comparing different creative approaches in Europe and Silicon Valley. Exposure highlights the vast creative potential of the SF Bay Area and its leading art + tech organizations (Gray Area, CODAME, ZERO1, MUTEK.SF) while engaging in a dialogue with the local tech industry (OpenAI, Google Magenta, Salesforce, etc.) on the topics of AI and creativity, reimagining tech regulation, and the creation of new digital communities around the world.

Timetable

Mo, 16. Mai 2022 

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Project Credits / Acknowledgements

Curatorial Co-Directors: Clara Blume and Vanessa Chang
Technical Director: Jordan Gray
Chair of Advisory Board: Martin Rauchbauer
Communications Manager: Nadine Schach
Design, Mood Film, Opener: Dockyard Creative Production Studio
Festival Team: Hannah Angely, Juliette Donadieu, Robert O’Driscoll, Anna Maria Di Giorgio, Mary Ellyn Johnson, Algance Mahdjoub, Noemie Njangiru, Michael Treacy, Nicola Ruffo, Bettina Wodianka

Taming Tech – Center for Humane Technology, STARTS, EU Delegation – Washington DC
AIxMusic Festival – OpenAI, Google Magenta, Ars Electronica Futurelab
The AIxMusic Festival, a S+T+ARTS flagship event, is organised by Ars Electronica and the European Commission.

This project is co-funded by the European Commission’s DG CONNECT, in the framework of the Horizon 2020 programme of the European Union under the S+T+ARTS programme’s Regional STARTS Centers.

AIxMusic
European Commission
Open Austria
EXPOSURE - ART + TECH + POLICY DAYS